Gwen Shamblin in a brown dress with Bible

1. Stop dieting for two major reasons

First, it makes you focus on yourself and your body. Second, it makes you focus on food. The more you focus on planning, buying, preparing, cooking, serving and eating the food, the stronger the magnetic pull to the refrigerator. In other words, dieting provides the perfect setup to accelerate your love for food.

2. Do not focus on what people think

Stop allowing people to judge you when you are eating pecan pie or regular foods of any kind. Every time you find yourself wondering what people think, turn your attention straight upward to God and look only for His approval. Similarly, stop feeling self-righteous when you have pulled the fat out of a recipe and made the food behave. It is time to relearn how to be righteous (do things God’s way) by making your mouth behave.

3. Stop feeling like a failure

You have not overcome overeating because you have applied the wrong medicine to this condition. It is time to start over with new hope. You can change your heart’s focus.

4. Understand that this behavior you are tackling is overindulgence

Overindulgence leads a person to desire something on this earth to make him feel good. Our loving God will give you this feeling so that you no longer have to look for it from things on this earth.

It is time to direct that desire upward toward God to let Him fill you, for what you are hungering and thirsting for is God. Another key to unlocking the mystery of permanent weight control: making the food behave will not work. Admitting we need to behave, with God’s help, is the beginning of the end of overweight!